Hong Kong Gradually Reopening Airport, Night Clubs (Video)
Hong Kong is taking steps to reopen, including the airport.
Hong Kong International Airport will gradually resume service, starting June 1, according to an announcement made Monday but Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Night clubs, karaoke parlors, and party rooms in Hong Kong will also be allowed to re-open, with a limit of 8 people in a group, on May 28.
"The epidemic has eased," Lam said in her weekly press conference, according to China Daily Hong Kong. "We are resuming daily activities in society and economy step by step.”
Starting June 1, transit passengers will be able to make connecting flights through the Hong Kong airport, which should provide some relief for Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific, who saw a 99.6 percent decrease in-flight service last month, compared to April 2019, according to travel blog Live From a Lounge.
The airport will likely make use of its full-body disinfectant machines, introduced earlier this month. Initially used for employees during the roll-out, to use the machine a person steps into the booth fully clothed and within 40 seconds, a sanitizing spray disinfects their body and clothing.
In late March, Hong Kong Airport banned both arrivals and passengers in transit. When Hong Kong began lifting travel restrictions, travelers who landed at the airport were forced to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
While Hong Kong didn’t go on complete lockdown during its coronavirus pandemic, there were many restrictions. Last week, the Hong Kong government lifted its overall ban on gatherings of more than eight people. As restaurants welcome back patrons, they are required to take the temperature of anyone walking in. Customers are required to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking, according to TIME.
Hong Kong reported its 11th consecutive day without new coronavirus cases on Monday, according to the South China Morning Post. In total, Hong Kong experienced 1,065 confirmed coronavirus cases and only four deaths.